Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Mita Giacomini

BSc (California), MPH (California), MA (California), PhD (California)

Professor, Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact

Member, Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis (CHEPA)

905.525.9140 x 22879

McMaster University
Faculty of Health Sciences
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON
L8S 4K1

Administrative Assistant: Terry Martens
905.525.9140 x 22879

Academic Interests

Dr. Giacomini's training is in health policy analysis, history of medicine, and public health. Recent published work addresses topics such as the politics of technology assessment, interdisciplinarity in health research, health resource allocation, the clinical uses of qualitative evidence, and life support decision making. Her current research projects focus on the problem of assessing social aspects and impacts of health technologies, argumentation and evidence in coverage decision making, and the roles of values and ethics in Canadian health policy. Dr. Giacomini teaches in the areas of philosophy of science, qualitative research methods, and health policy analysis.

Current HRM Graduate Students
Deirdre DeJean, MSc

Recent HRM Graduate Students
Patricia Miller, MSc (2002)

Selected Publications

  1. Giacomini, M. One of these things is not like the others: the idea of precedence in health technology assessment and coverage decisions. Milbank Quarterly 2005;83(2):193-223.
  2. Giacomini, M.. Interdisciplinarity in health services research: dreams and nightmares, maladies and remedies. Journal of Health Services Research and Policy 2004 Jul;9(3):177-83
  3. Giacomini, M.; Hurley, J.; Gold, I.; Smith, P.; Abelson, J. 2003. The policy analysis of ‘values talk’: lessons from Canadian health reform. Health Policy 67:15-24
  4. Giacomini, M.; Miller, F.; Browman, G. 2003. Confronting the ‘grey zones’ of technology assessment: evaluating genetic testing services for public insurance coverage in Canada. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care 19(2):301-315.
  5. Giacomini, M.; Miller, F.; O’Brien, B. 2003. Economic considerations for health insurance coverage of emerging predictive genetic tests. Community Genetics. 6:61-73
  6. Giacomini, M. 1999. The 'which' hunt: Assembling health technologies for assessment and rationing. Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law. 24(4):715-758.

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